Leslie Cauley, the USA Today reporter who broke the news that AT&T, Verizon, and Bellsouth were providing massive amounts of call data to the National Security Agency, may have been using the Mary Mapes/Dan Rather playbook in compiling her story. Rich Noye at NewsBusters details the similarities.
First, she’s donated the maximum amount legally allowed ($2,000) to Dick Gephardt’s campaign for the Democratic Presidential nomination in the 2004 election cycle.
Second, she’s on TV crowing about the her confidential, unnamed sources.
And finally, the USAToday is pushing the “they didn’t object” angle as a confirmation of their story. We all remember how well that worked out for CBS’s John Roberts. Here’s how the editors at USAToday phrased it, “On the night before the story was published, the newspaper described the story in detail to BellSouth, and the company did not challenge the newspaper’s account.“
We’ll that settles it; it must be true.
The only thing missing is a document like this…